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5 Travel Tips to Know Before Visiting New York City – Top 5 Travel Guidelines for your First Trip to NYC

Tourists heading to the Big Apple for the first time will find that New York City is a dynamic and diverse travel hub for the masses. Whether you are heading to NYC for a business trip or a weekend getaway, here are 5 tips every visitor must know prior to landing at JFK.


Use Public Transportation

While travellers may be tempted to hail a New York City cab as they do in the movies or hire a rental car both of these options are the two most expensive ways to get around the Big Apple. Driving in NYC can be a nightmare for the uninitiated and cab fares are also not affordable for those who intend to spend more than a day in the big city. New York's traffic congestions are also world famous so the best way to get around is via the subway. Although bus services are also available, visitors will find that the subway offers seamless connections to every part of the city. Those who wish to tour Staten Island, however, must hop on board the Express bus or the Staten Island Ferry to reach their destination.


Dining Don'ts

Although Time Square is a must-see highlight that should be on every travel itinerary, wining, and dining in this part of NYC should be avoided at all costs. Home to some of the most overpriced food items in the US, restaurants in Time Square mark up everything from sandwiches to burgers to cash in on their exclusive zip code. Tourists should also steer clear of chain restaurants such as Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Planet Hollywood as NYC is home to some of the world's finest eateries. Make a reservation at an authentic NYC restaurant or cafe and literally taste the difference.


Pay to Use the Restrooms

New York does not contain public restroom facilities unless one is at a train station or a transport hub and even these establishments are not the cleanliest of options. The best way to use the bathroom while out sightseeing in NYC is to head to a restaurant, cafe or eatery and use their facilities. Make sure to buy something off the menu as a way of paying for using the facilities.


Friendly New Yorkers

Travellers based at hotels near Grand Central Station in New York City such as the Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue New York and other rests will find that New Yorkers are not deliberately rude. As residents of a big city, most New Yorkers are usually in a hurry, stressed and overworked. These facts of life contribute to their short tempers more than anything and it is necessary to be empathetic to this side of the local residents. Most New Yorkers will be willing to help you find your way or give directions, as long as you are polite and courteous.



Don't forget to tip when exploring restaurants and other dining hubs in NYC as most waiters and waitresses are students trying to earn their way through university. A tip is usually 20% of the total bill's value.

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